All I know is the watch is no older than early 1970's.

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    All I know is the watch is no older than early 1970's.

    I was in an antique store and came across this watch. Does not work, dry as a burnt boot and is otherwise in pleasing condition. The movement is a "Bulova 5BD". I payed 5 dollars for it so no loss if it is junk. I have been wanting to get my girlfriend something simple and clean and this fit the bill.Please can somebody narrow down the age.Name:  Ladies Bulova 1b.JPG
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    Re: All I know is the watch is no older than early 1970's.

    N0 = 1970
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    Over the years I've collected all sorts of movements and "project" watches ... mainly inexpensive vintage pieces.

    These days I've widened my gaze to include modern pieces (including quartz with analog or analog + digital displays) but with those I'm generally looking for models in solid steel cases.

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    Re: All I know is the watch is no older than early 1970's.

    Thank you But is the movement a good movement in general?

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    Re: All I know is the watch is no older than early 1970's.

    Quote Originally Posted by watch origins View Post
    Thank you But is the movement a good movement in general?
    The movement is of high enough quality. The main problem is that such watches are of practically zero interest to collectors. Male collectors wouldn't get them anyway and female collectors these days are somewhat watch savvy and would demand a little more than a tiny watch with just two hands - no date, no automatic winding, no chronograph or other complication..... If your girlfriend is happy enough with it, everything is fine, but a) there is a good reason why you got it so cheap and b) it's servicing costs will far outweigh what it is worth. Not that it isn't worth servicing - if you are happy with what it gives (indication of hours and minutes, no seconds), it should give you great service for years or even decades to come.

    Here is a little more on the movement:

    bidfun-db Bulova_5BD: Bulova 5BD

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: All I know is the watch is no older than early 1970's.

    Hi there,

    among the conventionally designed large scale produced movements of this size, this belongs
    surely to the better, with 23 Jewels, i.e. cap jewels on almost all pivots.

    These small movements were designed for jewelry watches, and accuracy wasn't the main
    issue for them. And for the few customers who demanded better quality, they were just
    upgraded with some jewels to reduce friction.

    Only few manufacturers created such movements with designed-in accuracy, durability or
    both. Examples are the Eterna 1437 and 1447 with their monster balance, or the Elgin 830
    with freesprung hairspring and DuraBalance:



    Both look less exciting than the Bulova, but the first had gents components popped into
    ladies size, the second was even available in chronometer grade.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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